EDITOR: "My Brother's Keeper" is a wonderful and important effort put forth by President Barack Obama ("Obama debuts plan for young minorities," Friday). Sadly, nowhere are all of the facts fully explained as to why young black men face "especially tough odds."
Obama would make more progress in his quest to improve conditions that keep young men of color impoverished and imprisoned in disproportionate numbers if he boldly stated the complete truth as to the reason for such disparity. The latest government statistics state that 72 percent of black babies born in the United States are born to unwed mothers.
NBC News recently reported that statistics show that children, of any race, born out of wedlock are more likely to perform poorly in school, go to prison, use drugs, be poor as adults and have their own children out of wedlock.
This may not be what is popular to say, but it makes complete sense. Perhaps rather than placing the blame on corporations and institutions, Obama should start by telling his "brothers" to stay in school and use contraceptives.
He should be urging all young people to pursue education, job, marriage and children in that order. That would help future generations overcome tough odds more than any measure suggested or imposed by the government.
EDITOR: Supervisor Efren Carrillo is keeping to the code of the scoundrel — hire a good attorney, then hunker down and let it all blow over ("Carrillo peeking case still unresolved," Friday). He got away with the incident in San Diego where he actually hurt someone. He'll probably get away with this "peeking" incident by claiming he was asking for directions at 3 in the morning, clad only in his underwear.